In Depth

  • Solar trade

    Harsh reality of the post Brussels/Beijing anti-dumping agreement

    By Finlay Colville - 10 March 2014, 11:00

    The compromised solution agreed between Brussels and Beijing for the supply of Chinese solar PV components to Europe is approaching its anniversary. Finlay Colville looks at how the deal has panned out.

  • FBR polysilicon technology – promise or hype?

    By Johannes Bernreuter - 07 March 2014, 15:29 | 2

    The recent announcement by US manufacturer REC Silicon that it would establish a new polysilicon plant has highlighted an upcoming trend in the polysilicon industry: the rise of fluidised bed reactor (FBR) technology. Will it live up to expectation, asks Johannes Bernreuter.

  • Qatar desert

    Friday Focus: Qatar is a red herring in the CASE against SolarWorld

    By John Parnell - 28 February 2014, 11:43 | 4

    By stirring up US nationalist sentiment about Qatar’s investment in SolarWorld, the Coalition for Affordable Energy (CASE) is detracting from its more compelling legal arguments in a very global trade case.

  • HelioVolt

    HelioVolt exit from PV manufacturing highlights failed US PV manufacturing strategy

    By Finlay Colville - 25 February 2014, 13:06 | 3

    The news today that HelioVolt – one of the few remaining custodians of US based PV manufacturing – will cease operations is terrible news for the 100-plus employees that have been working hard at HelioVolt to advance PV manufacturing in the US.

  • Salvatore Bernabei

    PV Talk: Chile on cusp of solar growth, says Enel Green Power

    By Lucy Woods - 24 February 2014, 12:49

    Salvatore Bernabei, head of Enel Green Power in Chile and Andean countries tells Lucy Woods how the company plans to get more projects up and running and exploit the region’s abundant solar resources.

  • Kenya solar

    Friday Focus: Why African solar needs a new strategy

    By Ben Willis - 21 February 2014, 13:14

    Earlier this week it emerged that work was underway on East Africa’s first utility-scale PV power plant. Ben Willis reports on how the project demonstrates solar’s potential to be more than just a means of tackling rural poverty in Africa.

  • At the start of 2014, four groupings can be used to understand thin-film activity in the PV industry. Source: NPD Solarbuzz PV Equipment Qua

    Thin-film PV should now be as simple as ABCD

    By Finlay Colville - 11 February 2014, 18:10 | 1

    Recently, we prepared two exclusive blogs for PV-Tech that outlined what PV cell production and technologies looked like at the start of 2014: Can PV technology change before 2015? and What does NPD Solarbuzz’ solar cell rankings for 2013 reveal?

  • Taiwan cell trade figures

    Can the US solar industry afford to shut the door on Taiwan?

    By Finlay Colville - 06 February 2014, 15:00

    Does the US solar industry need Taiwan, more than Taiwan needs the US solar industry? This is perhaps one of the biggest questions to ask as the latest US ITC investigations gain traction. Finlay Colville offers some answers.

  • Richard Weiner

    PV Talk: Lawyer representing Chinese firms says SolarWorld can’t compete

    By John Parnell - 06 February 2014, 10:46 | 2

    Richard Weiner is representing the Chinese solar industry in the latest trade dispute in the US brought by SolarWorld. He tells PV Tech why he’s feeling confident and why he thinks the claim says more about SolarWorld than it does about China’s manufacturers.

  • Solar PV technology changes in production between 2010 and 2013.

    Can PV technology change before 2015?

    By Finlay Colville - 04 February 2014, 12:39 | 1

    Around about this time each year, we have a closer look at the PV technologies that were used to make all the solar panels in 2013 that ended up being shipped through downstream channels.

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